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Great art almost feels like magic—it opens our minds to brand new ideas, and teaches us to see ourselves and our world more clearly. Of course, behind all great art, there are artists. And that’s where the real magic happens…

As we go beneath the art itself to explore how different artists do what they do, we see glimpses of the sorts of creativity, resilience, and bravery that lead to the art that moves our world. And maybe we can learn to borrow some of that magic for our very own thinking.

Join professional musician Emily Merrell for conversations with artists of all kinds. Together, we examine the mysteries of our own experiences, our muses and fears, our gifts and foibles, our beliefs about the origins of creativity, and the secret magic we’ve discovered in our unique creative processes.

Mediums include: studio art, graphic design, dance, cooking, illustration, creative writing, storytelling, comedy, music composition, music performance, film making, acting, production, fashion design, photography, and more.

Visit https://emilymerrellmusic.com/artifice-podcast/ for more information.

- Theme Song "As You Are" by Emily Merrell @emilymerrellmusic
- Illustration and Graphic Design by Sarah Keele @sarahkeeleart
- Photography by Jen Palmer @jenpalmerphoto
- HMU by Shawna Turner @shawnaturnerdesigns

Artifice Artifice Podcast by Emily Merrell

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

Great art almost feels like magic—it opens our minds to brand new ideas, and teaches us to see ourselves and our world more clearly. Of course, behind all great art, there are artists. And that’s where the real magic happens…

As we go beneath the art itself to explore how different artists do what they do, we see glimpses of the sorts of creativity, resilience, and bravery that lead to the art that moves our world. And maybe we can learn to borrow some of that magic for our very own thinking.

Join professional musician Emily Merrell for conversations with artists of all kinds. Together, we examine the mysteries of our own experiences, our muses and fears, our gifts and foibles, our beliefs about the origins of creativity, and the secret magic we’ve discovered in our unique creative processes.

Mediums include: studio art, graphic design, dance, cooking, illustration, creative writing, storytelling, comedy, music composition, music performance, film making, acting, production, fashion design, photography, and more.

Visit https://emilymerrellmusic.com/artifice-podcast/ for more information.

- Theme Song "As You Are" by Emily Merrell @emilymerrellmusic
- Illustration and Graphic Design by Sarah Keele @sarahkeeleart
- Photography by Jen Palmer @jenpalmerphoto
- HMU by Shawna Turner @shawnaturnerdesigns

    Ep. 179: Thomas Bartlett

    Ep. 179: Thomas Bartlett

    Thomas Bartlett is a wire jewelry craftsman and artist out of Minneapolis Minnesota. His work utilizes weaving and coiling of wire to create detailed highly textural settings for natural stones and crystals. In addition to jewelry work Thomas has a BFA in 2d media and creates psychosexual surrealist illustrations and paintings.

    Instagram.com/_whiskey_kitten_
    Instagram.com/thomasbartlettart

    • 1 hr 51 min
    Ep. 178: Dave Chisholm

    Ep. 178: Dave Chisholm

    Dave Chisholm is a graphic novelist and musician currently living in Rochester, NY where he received his doctorate in jazz trumpet from the Eastman School of Music in 2013. His expertise in music as well as his formal inventiveness within the comics medium has resulted in a string of critically-acclaimed music-centric graphic novels including Enter the Blue (2022, Z2 Comics), Chasin' the Bird: Charlie Parker in California (2020, Z2 Comics), and the groundbreaking graphic novel + original soundtrack Instrumental (2017, Z2 Comics). In his newest work, Miles Davis and the Search for the Sound, Chisholm portrays the life of Miles Davis, one of his oldest musical heroes, in a kaleidoscopic array of visual styles that represent Davis' famously varied oeuvre.

    Hailed by ComicsBeat as "one of the most exciting comic auteurs working in comics today," Chisholm also has a passion for education and teaches comics and music at the Hochstein School and the Rochester Institute of Technology.

    In his free time, Dave enjoys spending time with his family and his cats.

    http://www.davechisholmmusic.com

    • 2 hr 2 min
    Ep. 177: Jordan Sprigg

    Ep. 177: Jordan Sprigg

    Hailing from Narembeen in the wheatbelt of Western Australia, Jordan is a metal artist specialising in one-of-a-kind animal sculptures. Using retired tools, machine parts and recycled farm scrap sourced throughout rural Western Australia, Jordan finds inspiration in the animal kingdom and brings his sculptures to life.

    Now in his tenth year as a full time sculptor, Jordan builds a variety of pieces, ranging from small garden sculptures such as Willy wagtails and dragonflies, to large show-stopping sculptures such as the Australovenator and the Camel. Many of his pieces sit proudly in private homes, however he also has some public pieces across the country to be viewed by tourists and locals alike.

    Website https://www.jordanspriggsculptures.com.au
    Socials (Facebook, Instagram, TikTok) @jordanspriggsculptures

    • 2 hr 2 min
    Ep. 176: Jen Cunha

    Ep. 176: Jen Cunha

    Jen Cunha is an attorney, animal cognition trainer, writer, and international speaker, focusing on animal literacy and communication. A "parrot mama" for over 16 years, Jen has been developing cognition training techniques for almost a decade. Her training manuals have been translated and distributed throughout Europe, and she’s been featured in Bird Talk magazine. Jen has twice written articles for the International Association of Applied Behavior Consultants Journal and is a frequent lecturer at science conventions and companion bird gatherings around the world. Jennifer collaborates on animal literacy and communication projects with university researchers, and her research has been published in peer-reviewed scientific proceedings. Her birds, Ellie and Isabelle, have passed university-designed blind tests on phonics and reading comprehension skills and are considered the very first animals who have learned how to read.

    https://parrotkindergarten.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/parrotkindergarten/

    • 2 hr 1 min
    Ep. 175: Casey Drake

    Ep. 175: Casey Drake

    Casey Drake is a self-taught artist, author, illustrator, and mother currently based in Orlando, Florida. While always driven by a strong, intrinsic need to create, her artistic journey took an unexpected turn when her whimsical sidewalk chalk creations gained widespread recognition in 2020. Before this, Casey obtained a bachelor’s of science in Biology, served as a Peace Corps volunteer in South Africa, and taught in under-served schools in Arizona and Florida. However, this sudden and extreme attention to her art ignited a newfound passion within her for illustration, as well as the motivation to pursue an artistic career path. Her diverse background in biology, education, and humanitarian work has led to an unique artistic perspective and irreverence in her work.


    In 2021, Casey unveiled her debut children's picture book, 'Hi, My Name is Why!', a passion project that resulted in a fully funded Kickstarter campaign and physical book. Currently pursuing a graduate degree in Business of Art and Design at Maryland Institute College of Art, Casey's vision extends beyond her personal artistic endeavors. She envisions establishing a combination community art and maker space—a convergence of art, creation, and community—in her future home of Washington State. This space will fuse a coffee bar with a maker space to cultivate a haven for creativity and connection. As she navigates through grad school and cultivates her artistic identity, Casey Drake stands poised to leave an indelible mark.

    CaseyDrake.com
    instagram.com/caseydrakemakes

    • 2 hr 8 min
    Remembering Anna Mooy

    Remembering Anna Mooy

    From Anna's Obituary: Mary Annaleen Mooy, beloved sister, aunt, teacher, and devoted friend to many, age 65, peacefully passed away on January 15, 2024, due to complications of a brain tumor.

    I'm so grateful I have this conversation with Anna to remember and cherish, along with some truly impactful memories from my time as her student. It feels right to honor her by sharing this interview a second time. Rest in peace, beautiful Anna.

    Anna's Bio:

    Mezzo-soprano Anna Mooy received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in voice from BYU, Provo, and did doctoral study at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where she studied with Glenda Maurice. She has received many honors, including Regional Finalist for the Metropolitan Opera Auditions on two occasions. She has also performed with many of the world’s finest choral organizations including the Dale Warland Singers, VocalEsssence and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; both as choral member and soloist. Performances with other organizations include the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Utah Symphony, among many others. She has also been a judge for the the Metropolitan Opera District auditions in Utah and North Dakota. Active as a recitalist, she has performed widely through the Midwestern United States, as well as the Rocky Mountain West and Hawaii. She has been on the voice faculties of St. Olaf College, Bemidji State University, Brigham Young University, Provo, and BYU Hawaii.

    • 1 hr 43 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Rachmaninoff98 ,

Illuminating!

Through illuminating conversations with a wide array of creative artists, Emily does an excellent job of getting at the heart of what it means to make one's living as an artist. She explores the struggles and contradictions of the creative life but also the "big magic" (to use Elizabeth Gilbert's phrase) that makes it all worth it. Thank you, Emily!

Commspro ,

Great listen!

Loved this episode- real, raw insight into the struggle/fine line between selling vs selling out, whatever brand of art - or ART - you may practice.

sliszt ,

Getting real about art, creativity and careers

Emily does an excellent job pulling the curtain behind what it means and looks like to be artistic, specifically when your art is your career. Balancing sales, creativity, perception, income and time is difficult and we should talk about it. This podcast is perfect for artists who want to GET REAL ABOUT IT!

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